Tag Archives: National Museum of American History

• When Small Wineries Get Big Owners

When Small Wineries Get Big Owners

The National Museum of American History’s exhibit “Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000” includes a photo of Joel Peterson using a long metal tool, sort of like a hoe with an extra-long handle, to punch down fermenting zinfandel grapes in a wooden vat. The photo — and the tool, also on display — represent the […]

• Did you know the margarita machine is a national treasure?

Did you know the margarita machine is a national treasure?

He may not have created the first margarita, but Mariano Martinez transformed the drink from a border cantina concoction to the nation’s most popular alcoholic beverage with his invention in Dallas of the frozen margarita machine. Forty years later, Martinez’s invention has increased the U.S. demand for tequila and contributed to the widespread popularity of […]